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Could we survive prolonged space travel? - Lisa Nip

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Prolonged space travel plays a severe toll on the human body: microgravity impairs muscle and bone growth, and high doses of radiation cause irreversible mutations. As we seriously consider the human species becoming space-faring, a big question stands: even if we do break free from Earth’s orbit, can we adapt to the extreme environments of space? Lisa Nip examines our odds.

Evolution is a long and arduous process that has created humans with many different traits. Can you think of some genetic mutations that have manifested as diseases and others as beneficial traits?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Lisa Nip
  • Script Editor Mia Nacamulli
  • Director Bassam Kurdali
  • Producer Fateh Slavitskaya
  • Sound Designer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Narrator Julianna Zarzycki

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